I used to write pieces for a paper in the Middle East called The National - big on ambition, small on circulation. When I racked up well over £5,000 in unpaid fees I had the temerity to mention it. The result: instant dismissal.
I was surprised to notice that the paper keeps a record of my works online - just shows how little I go searching. Here it is: http://www.thenational.ae/authors/richard-holledge
The day after I was shown the metaphorical door I started working for Gulf News, just down the dusty road in Dubai. Just as big on ambition; much bigger on circulation. Efficient, charming, a pleasure to work for.
Here's a selection: http://gulfnews.com/writers/richard-holledge